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the ntsb joins the coast guard in investigating the collision on monday by an oil tanker in a bay bridge tower. abc7 has several new developments in the crash session to report. the coast guard says it warned the ship by radio it was in danger and the coast guard now is calling it a major marine casualty bass more than half a million in damage. this is a look from treasure island of the we ship, "overseas raymar" which is anchored in san francisco bay. we were over ahead when the coast guard investigators were on board yesterday interviewing the bar pilot, guy kleess, who was at helm when the accident occurred. he passed an alcohol test. a drug test result is pending. we will have more in 30 minutes. >> political leaders are tackling the issue of gun violence amid signs america is at a tipping point for taking action. vice president biden is holding high-level meetings today with victims groups, the n.r.a. and gun safety organizations. we are live in washington, dc, with the latest. >> good morning, kristen. the obama administration does not want to lose momentum for new gun legislation.
, like the one that caught fire in boston, is a concern. the ntsb is looking at that very carefully because they could be tough customers. >> the markets are already unhappy. how big of a problem is this for boeing? >> it is a bump in the road. but if they come up with another problem, they will take another hit, probably a tougher one. >>> haiti, tomorrow marks three years since a powerful earthquake devastated the country. more than 200,000 people were killed, many more are still living in tent cities. jonathan was there on that fateful day and has written a book documenting the struggle to recover. >> i heard this rumbling outside, and then the bed began to shake and the floor began to shake and the whole house started falling down around me. my name is jonathan katz. i was the associated press correspondent in haiti from 2007 to 2011, which included the afternoon of january 122010, when at 4:53 in the afternoon a massive earthquake struck and destroyed most of the country's capital, including the house that i was in. i have written a book about how the world came to save haiti a
is chairman of ntsb. >> we've learned from accidents, plowed those lessons back, in they've been embraced and we're not seeing repeats of those same accidents. >> reporter: experts say two accidents in which human failure was at least partly to blame underscore that remains the biggest threat to safety. air france 447 crashed into the atlantic in 2009, killing 228. that same year, regional airline colgan air flight 447 crashed in buffalo, killing 50. >> colgan air was a watershed event for aviation safety, in particular, bringing the regional carriers up to standards with the major carriers. >> reporter: the safety culture is spreading. accident rates are dropping in russia, africa, latin america, the caribbean, and asia. despite the dramatic improvement experts say there's danger here. just when you start to think, it can't happen again, is often when you're the most vulnerable. tom cocostello, nbc news, washington. >>> stocks provided many 401(k)s, pensions, and other investors pretty good news last year. despite the bad economic news. traders get the day off but the dow was up 7.3%. th
, at an even $1 billion. followed by the bulls, celtics and mavericks. >>> the ntsb is now looking at issues raised by whistle blowers involving the 786 dreamliners. questions were raise ared about the question that make the the chargers for the lithium battery. >>>ia yoo ceo melissa meyer has a habit of keeping executives waiting minute or hours for her. >>> and j.p. diamond said if only washington could reach a grand bargain to fix the fiscal environment, then the u.s. could have a booming environment. >>> before she was the princess of wales, this unseen photo of princess diana is being auctioned off. written on the picture "not to be published" probably because she's sitting so close to mr. russell. >>> and an college upset. and a fine for one of the most elite players. >>> plus, terrible timing for one truck driver trying to beat a train. and take a look at what happens when you fight a fire in near zero temperatures. you're watching "early today." >>> now to mother stories that caught our eye this morning. we begin with an amazing explosion of metal and debris in vermont. a store surve
, is anybody responding to this? >> the n.t.s.b. sent an investigator to japan to work with their officials. remember the ntsb already opened an investigation following the 787 battery fire you mentioned in boston last week. that battery was in the back of the plane. the one that caused the emergency landing in japan was more in front of the dream liner but all of this will be looked at after a comprehensive review of the electrical system. that review was announced last friday. at the time they expressed confidence in the 787 but now, they are apologizing to customers for cancelled flights due to the voluntary grounding of their dream liner. they announced today they did some safety checks and all of their planes are in service. >> clearly, more bad news for boeing. what is the company saying? >> they are very tight-lipped. they released a one line statement they are aware of the issue and working with the airline. they and many aviation experts say, these are teething issue that happens to every new plane. no one has been hurt or killed. last year was the safest year ever in the aviation
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that the ntsb investigation is focused on. christine romans with a look on that. richard quest in davos to explain a little about that as well. christine, you start with me. >> we can see the picture of this charred battery on a boston plane. the ntsb, giving us an up close and personal look at the battery involved. no battery should look like this. the ntsb trying to get to the bottom of an engineering mystery. remember, the faa allowed boeing to use lithium ion batteries. the light fuel-efficient plane is supposed to save airlines a ton of money on long-haul flights. no dreamliners in the air right now. boeing says we're working this issue tirelessly in cooperation with customers and the appropriate regulatory and investigative authorities. it is still a mystery. the ntsb laying out this charred battery,ingi reporters what they are digging into. >> richard quest is in davos. beautiful behind you. tell us about the presser? pretty remarkable. battery charred, on the table. >> oh. the pictures are absolutely remarkable of what the battery looked like and not only that but also the damag
of events a few years ago prompted the ntsb to focus on medical helicopters specifically and medical planes. the pressure to quickly respond in various conditions at night, in foul weather, they make those operations inherently dangerous. the safety board made 19 recommendations, including better pilot training, especially for inclement weather, nine vision systems, flight data recorders with regular reviews of the data. both aircraft yesterday were just a few years old each and we know that the pilot in the fatal crash in iowa did have access to height vision goggles and newer technology but did not have a flight data recorder, wolf. >> what do we know about the companies that operated these hol copterses? >> these were two large nationwide air medical operations. the first one, air methods corporation, that's the one involved in the oklahoma crash yesterday, that has some 300 aircraft. the company involved in the iowa crash, medtran, has about 60. we've reached out to both companies but have not heard back yet. the ffa and ntsb are investigating both of these incidents. the one involved i
find? >> there are still a lot of problems, kate. the ntsb is relaying on tools used in medicine and crime investigations, and we got an inside look at the laboratory, where cameras, microscopes, and cat scans are examining the damaged battery of boeing's prized dreamliner. >> this is one of the cell cases. >> reporter: piece by piece, inside this ntsb lab in washington, analysts are dissecting the charred battery which caught on fire in a boeing 787 dreamliner earlier this month in boston. >> we know that the lithium ion battery experienced a thermal runaway. we know that there were short circuits and we know that there was a fire. >> reporter: the faa gave special permission to boeing, allowing the use of these lightweight batteries, only if safety measures were installed to prevent overheating. >> we do not expect to see fire events on board aircrafts. there are multiple systems to protect against a battery event like this. those systems did not work as intended. we need to understand why. >> reporter: the investigation was launched after two 787s this month experienced issues
leventhal is live at the scene at pier 11. >> reporter: we can confirm that n.t.s.b. go team is on that ferry boat, assisting the u.s. coast guard into the investigation what caused this ship. 140 foot ferry boat to slam into pier 11 after 8:40 a.m. injuring 57 people, as you mentioned two of them critical, 9 the serious and 17 reported in guarded conditions. many of the folks were standing up as this boat came in close to shore getting ready to get off when it hit and they were thrown forward. some downstairs, others into windows, breaking glass, many of them were cut, many suffered bruises, their heads and next were injured and backs as well. even one woman sitting down was hurt. >> i was sitting down upstairs towards the back. i was like half asleep and all of a sudden there was this loud bang and my face catapulted into the seat in front of me and my knee must have also hit the seat. >> reporter: you can see where the front of the boat hit, the corner of what we believe of a dock out here and ripped a hole and shredded the right side of that vessel, from the inside the c
the flood of lawsuits that followed. information the ntsb was investigating that crash and this one as well. that's standard procedure. a go team arrived this afternoon. they are preparing to gather what they are calling perishable evidence. >> we are just here to collect information right now. we are not here to conduct analysis. we are not here to speculate. we are not here to determine the probable cause. we're here to find out what happened so that we can prevent it from happening again. >> and the ntsb says it will interview crew members tomorrow and begin collecting, gathering evidence to try and determine the cause of this crash, shep. >> shepard: rick leventhal in lower manhattan where the accident happened this morning and just hours later just across the east river, another new york city disaster unfolded when a 200-foot tall crane collapsed in queens. that crane went down neither iconic pepsi sign that you can see from manhattan. the fire department claims today's collapse trapped several workers. seven are now hurt. three of them reported in serious condition. crane collapses. a
. the ntsb wants to know if radar equipped was working properly. now a coast guard bulletin says they may help guide shifts but still we don't know if this incident is directly connected to this accident. >> we will include all of this in that study and we will try to conclude if it had any bearing on the incident. >> the price of the repairs could reach $3 million and the state will pay for it at first but the owner of the tanker may end up paying for those very expensive repairs. >>> and for the breaking news in new york city we told you about this time yesterday morning, a high speed ferry from jersey one that crashed into a dock had recently installed a new system. the 141-foot ship named wall street slammed into a pier an injured dozens of passengers but they say it is still too early to know the exact cause. >>> in just about an hour, he is expected to ask for money to close the budget gap. that is far less than the budget gap facing the state years ago. k through 12 schools will receive more money thanks to the tax hike and governor brown is promising a healthy fiscal year ahead. >
787 dreamliners. the ntsb will carry out the tests in arizona. one battery caught fire that led to the grounding of the aircrafts world wide. >>> caltrans will repair the bay bridge bumpers. the funders worked and there was no damage to the bridge structure. the bumpers are made of steal and plastic. repairs are estimated to cost $2 million. the commission hopes to have the company that owns the ship to pay for repairs. >> we are going to take a quick break and we will be right back. >>> complete bay area news coverage continues right now, this is ktvu channel 2 news at 5:00 p.m. >> friends and co-workers paying tribute to two men who drowned while on vacation in hawaii this weekend. ktvu's allie rasmus is live in san francisco with more. >> reporter: we have seen large waves here this weekend but beachgoers 2400 miles away in hawaii faced similar conditions. it was a rogue wave that claimed the lives of the two bay area men, now friends are telling us more about them. >> reporter: this is the rocky remote beach adam griffiths and boulevard burger were working on friday, they we
, mavericks, all rounding out the top five. >>> the ntsb is looking into issues involved with whistle blowers. about six years ago questions were raised about a company that makes the chargers for the questionable lithium batteries. >>> tardiness problem? according to the business insider yahoo ceo has a habit of keeping executives waiting for minutes or hours or more for her meetings. >>> and speaking from the world economic forum in davos, switzerland, jp morgan ceo damy die monday says he believes if washington could only reach a grand bargain to fix the fiscal problems, then the u.s. can have a booming environment and the economy could take off. >>> finally, before she was the princess of wales, this previously unseen foet yoef a teenage diana pictured with adam russell, son of a former british prime minister is being auctioned off. written on the picture, not to be published. >>> your sports headlines including major college basketball upset and a fine for one of the nfl's most elite players. >>> plus, some takerible timing for one truck driver trying to beat a train. >>> take a look at
inspector with the ntsb arrived last night. they will be taking a close look at the taker, the bridge as well. back to you at the desk. >> thank you, brian. >>> a san francisco man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire may make his first court appearance today. police arrested 22-year-old dexter oliver, monday night at an oakland hotel. investigators say oliver poured gasoline on his girlfriend, starr lamare, then set her on fire on sunday. she is still in the hospital. she's being treated for serious burns on her neck, her chest and her face. >>> in san jose, an investigation goes on into a garage fire last month that destroyed several cars and a boat. it all happened on 15th street. firefighters say when they got there, huge flames were shooting into the air. the fire destroyed a corvette that was inside the garage along with two other cars and a boat that were parked outside. a house next door was also damaged. firefighters say the first reports of a possible meth lab turned out to be not true. >>> 7:31. the family of bryan stow is giving us an update on his medical condition.
anyone else is saying the dream liner investigation continues. the head of the ntsb unsettling description of how serious this matter may be. >>> facebook founder is getting involved in politics. . >>> welcome back. taking you live to new york. dow back from its earlier gain. still up 17.5 points, s&p500 testing the 1500 level and a lot of familiar names in stocks to watch today. johnson and johnson up, part of the dow -- and it's earning estimates. p and g better than expected and starbucks. >>> sales of new single family homes fell. numbers dropped to a yearly rate of 369,000. that's down 7.3% from november but sales still up nearly 9% from december of 2011 and prices continue to rise slowly. >>> in the last week united states mortgage rates went up slightly but remain near their record lows. the average 30 year fixed loan slightly more than 3.4%. that's up about one tenth of a percent. >> we are following big news involving the search engine giant in mountain view. google reports that the united states government's request for information has skyrocketed in recent months. w
a flight to make an emergency landing in japan. the head of the ntsb is now speaking out about the batteries and saying the investigation is far from over. dan springer live in seattle with the latest now. this battery, dan, it may have been dangerous even before the plane was certified to fly? >> reporter: yeah, jon. this issue's been out there a long time. now, boeing uses these 60-pound lithium ion batteries because they put a lot more power out than the standard batteries used on planes. but there were serious red flags dating back to 2006. this video has surfaced of a fire at a boeing contractor's lab near tucson, arizona. it was sparked when a lithium ion battery -- the same kind used in the dreamliner -- exploded during the test. a company makes the battery charger for the dreamliner, and we know ntsb investigators were back at this location this week testing the charger. the battery concerns prompted the faa to issue special rules for the installation of the batteries in the 787 of. investigators said yesterday the safety systems put in place by boeing definitely did no
investigation. it's the first time the ntsb has investigated the 787. every new airplane has what they call birthing issues, problems that require some engineering fixes but firings are always serious and could be catastrophic. investors are hammering boeing, the stock is down $4 since the fire yesterday. >> shep: dan dan springer, thanks. >> one insurance provider says it could sue the government because of bailout. it agreed to a $182 billion rescue, one of the largest in the financial crises after revelations that the company gave out hefty bonuses. aig said it paid the bailout in full and started a campaign thank you america complete with high profile television ads. now aig is considering joining a shareholder lawsuit that is already in place against our government over the terms of the rescue. geri will system with us. they are upset over the bailout. >> it's very upset and being led by the former ceo the of the company. he is the biggest share holder. basically the claim is that the country violated the constitution, fifth amendment which requires the government can't take over priva
. the repair work is expected to last about four and a half months. the ntsb and the coast guard say it could take months to determine the actual cause of the crash. >> the union representing state engineers is questioning whether there's enough oversight on california's planned high-speed rail line. plans for the first 30-mile segment call for the contractors to design and build a project as well as hire inspectors to test it. state engineers to high speed rail meets independent inspectors on site to make sure everything is done correctly. the high-speed rail authority says there will be many levels of inspection they can consult cal trans. >> putting an end to partisan squabbling. the president uses this historic day to forge a path for the future. y >>> and i'm janelle wang. a hostage standoff that killed three americans. and preparing like any british soldier, so what happened on his tour of duty in afghanistan he just wrapped up? next in "world tonight." >>> and drinks on the house. the airline that took on and is now on the hook for millions of free drinks. >>> looking at a live picture
the highlights in sports. >>> a lithium battery shows signs of short circuiting. inside a lab, ntsb analysts are dissecting that charred battery piece by piece. it caught fire earlier this month inside a boeing dream liner inside of logan airport. >> we do not expect to see fire events on board aircrafts. there are multiple systems to protect against a battery event like this. those systems did not work as intended. we need to understand why. >> all 50 boeing dream liners have been grounded worldwide while investigators look at the problem. >>> a 13-year-old girl told police a man tried to kidnap her. the teen was on her way to school early last friday morning on north 33rd and james street. it was dark but a neighbor's security camera captured a blurry imagine of a girl running. there is no clear imagine of the attacker. he is described as 25 to 35 years old, possibly latino with a mustache. one woman in the neighborhood told us, her and her father recognized the sketch. >> as soon as i saw the sketch i was like, i've seen him. it was in this area and i've always seen him on foot. >> she
theaters to reopen. >>> investigators from the ntsb and faa arrived in japan this morning to begin their investigation on a grounded boeing 787 dreamliner. the plane made an emergency landing this week after the smell of smoke was detected in the cabin. it was just the latest in a series of problems for the 787 which has now been grounded worldwide. >>> tech rivals facebook and google top two new lists of the best companies to work for. cnbc's jackie deangelis is here about what's moving your money. >> now it is all about the perks. very important issue. so which company's perceived as a better company to work for? well glassdoor.com says it's facebook, forbes saying it's google. from what we know, facebook is known for the laid back culture and the erik ps it pays like vacation days, free food, transportation, day care, also a generous benefits package like 100% health care coverage for employees and 50% for dependents. and then there's google, the company has long been known as a great place to work because of the special perks. some of the new ones this year include three new we
the ntsb is now starting to look at exactly the air worthiness issues, what was behind it, they've got investigation teams that are on their way to boston. and they're going to be asking the tough questions, wolf. they're going to want to know why brand-new aircraft, seemingly have recurring problems, albeit, of a different nature. are these the little glitches that boeing says they are, that happen with all new major complicated planes, or is there something else that's happening? there are lots of rumors, wolf, about whether the wiring has been done properly, whether this has been done properly or the other. so that's the issue at the moment. >> i assume, richard, there's been a backlash already, from the airlines that have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to purchase these dreamliners from boeing? >> yes. and the serious part about that is the airlines are used to glitches. so it's not like you or me, the airlines expect a certain amount of headache, toothache, pain and misery with a new plane, a new model. but they don't expect it to be of this level. aog is the phrase they us
airliners. well, boeing says it is working with ntsb investigators, looking into monday's fire on a japan airlines 787 at boston's logan airport. the fire involved the batteries in the belly of the plane used to power the aircraft while on the ground. and in a statement, boeing adds, "nothing that we've seen in this case indicates a relationship with any previous 787 power system events." as for the second japan airlines dreamliner that was spewing fuel at logan airport yesterday, it was a pilot from another plane that alerted the control tower that the 787 was losing fuel. and then the control tower notified the unsuspecting j.a.l. pilot. the ntsb says it's not looking into the fuel leak which j.a.l. officials are deeming a mechanical problem. and boston airport officials say there was no leak in the fuel tank, but the plane was venting fuel, which is the aircraft's way to dump excess fuel. but it's not usually seen on the runway. so after four hours, the dreamliner was checked out and cleared to fly. now, the japanese government told cnn they have asked airlines to inspect planes for ba
with bandages on his head. people are still being removed from the pier with injuries. the ntsb also gathering information on this accident because it's a transportation incident involving injuries here in lower manhatten. martha: it looked like everybody was off before, and now as you're saying they are continuing to bring people off, their head bandaged as you point out. i go back to what peter johnson junior was saying about the ferry, people get up, they feel like it's coming into dock, everybody stardz star standing up. new yorkers are always in a hurry to get to work. they are standing at the top of the stairs like this man was ready to go. you can see why this would happen. >> i heard from one passenger, the service is tip *eubg lee good on thtype itypically good on the ferry. people sitting down were fine. people standing up close to doors and glass were the ones who tumbled forward when the boat hit the dock and some of them hit the glass and some of them broke glass. there were a lot of cuts. there was according to passengers a lot of blood on the boat. and the most serious injuries
. >> this comes as federal investigators will conduct more tests to day o decemberon the dreamliner 787. the ntsb says the tests in washington showed a lithium battery that caught on fire on an empty dream weiner in boston earlier this month was not overcharged. suspicions about the battery and a possible fire risk led the u.s. and other countries to ground all 53 minor worldwide last week. >> the tsa says it is getting rid of the airport by his get is that produce a negative image of travelers. >> the x-ray scanners drew protests from privacy advocates, and so congress has mandated that they be changed to remove by june. the tdsa says it will keep another type of scanner that generates a generic image which only shows agents where to look for an object on the travelers body. >> still ahead is getting cold all from the country, we will take a look at how cold it is getting coming up. new nehoney nenchencof oofs sgreegryoguyo and aholehorainra herehe we goe i'i'm tasttag bog the togurog d thd honehoat tat sam stimeti new how ney buy hes he oat ogrer i'm like dkeginggith yog yt. i feelfe healtea..
. new details just into fox news from the ntsb and this investigation into issues with one of the largest commercial planes you will find anywhere. the focus on the battery maker used in boeing's dreamliner jets. this is big story. we've been watching it for some time. now we have a little bit more direction as how safe it is on board. we're back from washington, d.c. he is sconced back in our home in new york. martha: good morning. good to be back. good morning. i'm martha maccallum. that is not the way you want to leave a plane necessarily. so a burning battery is what forced the emergency evacuation in japan of everybody on board and led to the frownedding of the airliner jets around the world. here is what the burned out battery looks like. bill: don't want one of those either. dan springer at boeing's headquarters. what more can you tell us about the investigation there? >> reporter: investigators with the national transportation safety board are expected to be in tucson, arizona for tests on the battery charger that had the fire at boston logan's airport. the ntsb rel
its investigation. that from the ntsb. airlines around the world grounded the 787s after a pair of battery fires. one forced a flight to make an emergency landing in japan. the other caused a battery fire onboard a dreamliner after it landed in boston. the head of the ntsb said they identified some of the battery problems but still do not know the cause. >> we know the lithium ion battery experienced a thermal runaway. we know that there were short circuits and we know that there was a fire. the work that we continue to do will tell us why these things happened. we have a number of next steps. we are early in our investigation. we have a lot of activities to you know take. we're going to be completing those lab exams that we talked about with that incident battery, and documenting all of those. bill: she also told "the seattle times" she would expect the grounding to last months and not weeks. that's the last thing the company wants to hear. safe flying. a lot on the line. martha? martha: some new reaction to what is called the most far-reaching gun proposals in u.s. history but
they are prone to overheating and tphaoeurs. a former boeing executive is firing back at the faa and the ntsb foregrounding the 787 fleet. he told the seattle times it was quote, heavy handed, draconian and way beyond what needs to be done to protect the public. he left boeing to become the ceo of continental airlines so he is certainly sensitive to what the airlines are going through, they are taking a big hit financially as these planes remain out of service. arthel: dan springer quite complicated. jon: she is accused of killing her exlover in a murderous rage. this woman faces a possible death sentence. when she is not in court she is busy doing something else. what occupies her time in her jail cell that apparently is raking in the dough. a balanced budget amendment was filed today. how do they plan to convince fellow sevens to support the bill? we'll talk to senator lee next. so...how'd it go? well, dad, i spent my childhood living with monks learning the art of dealmaking. you've mastered monkey-style kung fu? no. priceline is different now. you don't even have to bid. master hahn taugh
's newsroom." the ntsb will try and determine if new equipment played a role in that accident. the commuter ferry that originates in new jersey, it just received new engines and a new propulsion system. more than 50 people were injured when the ferry had a hard landing arriving in lower manhattan this time yesterday. martha: now to a story that is truly out of this world. a dutch company is looking for a few good humans who might be willing to travel to mars and maybe no guaranty that you're ever coming back. that is the tricky part about this story. mars one wants to establish a colony on the red planet. they want to do it by 2023 applicants must be 18 by the time that date rolls around. must speak english and must not have any pressing business on earth, ever, ever again. we have a chief astronomer from the franklin institute. it is a great place to visit. good morning, derek. >> good morningings, martha. martha: tell me about this program. >> this is unique way to colonize mars, the trick you mention about a one-way trip. it may sound crazy but when you think about it how this planet was
, grounded all 24 of their 787s through thursday. the ntsb, faa, and boeing are sending investigators to japan. this latest problem is raising more questions surrounding the dreamliner's use of lithium ion batteries. >> we've seen some major problems with lithium batteries across -- transported and used in our computers. i'm sure the faa is going to look at the quality systems of mering with the batteries used on this airplane. >> last week a worker discovered a fire in the belly of a japan airline of 787 at boston logan airport. the charred battery manufactured by a japanese company is now being an litzed by the ntsb. the faa approved the lithium batteries because boeing installed specific safety measures to address potential overheating problems. the latest incident is ut approximating passengers on edge. >> just like anything new, you have to get the kinks out of it. >> reporter: the transportation secretary is not worried. >> i believe this plane is safe and i would have absolutely no reservation of boarding one of these planes and taking a flight. >> reporter: the only u.s. opera
in what we understand. the ntsb and boeing, a technical team from boeing, they're investigating the fire on the dreamliner. it was found in a compartment with batteries, and electrical components. it's not entirely clear at this point exactly what caused the fire. it is believed that it might have been caused by one of the lithium batteries on the dreamliner. that is an issue, because the dreamliner uses lithium im batteries to power onboard electronics. way back in 2007 the faa issued special rules for the use of lithium im batteries because of the concern of flammability risk involving those batteries. this is the fourth dreamliner incident involving its electronics, or losing power, since december 4th. look at this timeline. back on november 4th, united took its first domestic 787 flight, at the time there had been no reports. a month later, a united flight going to niewark to houston, experienced mechanical problems, reporting a loss of power. cutter airways a few days later had to ground one of its 787 jets for what it said was a faulty generator. the 14th of december, united ground
will be tested for drugs and alcohol that is pretty standard. ntsb is getting involved. as we learn more we'll pass it on to you. jon: please do. rick folbaum, thanks. jenna: new information on the plans for u.s. troop withdrawals from afghanistan with the zero option very much on the table. meaning the obama administration would not leave any american troops in afghanistan after the end of next year. this would be at odds with the pentagon view, perhaps thousands, maybe tens of thoses of troops are needed to contain al qaeda and remain in the country. the sticking point seems to be the issue of immunity. the u.s. demanding that any american troops that remain in afghanistan after the combat mission ends be granted immunity from prosecution under afghan law. to date president karzai, currently in washington, has resisted this. joining us now, ambassador john bolton, former u.n. ambassador to the u.n. and fox news contributor. so, ambassador bolton, president karzai says this, give us a good army, a good air force and the capability to project afghan interests in the region and then, only th
has grounded the planes, listen to the ntsb's chairman who talks about how serious this incident now is. >> this is an unprecedented event. we are very concerned. as i mentioned in the beginning, we do not expect to see fire events onboard aircraft. this is a very serious air safety concern the faa has taken very serious action. >> reporter: and that, of course, feeds into how detailed and difficult it is going to be to actually put this problem right. they just don't know. >> richard, what are people saying there? do they think the dreamliner will be able to survive? >> reporter: i talked to one senior aviation official, international aviation official here. i asked exactly that question. yes is the short answer because we've seen it with the dc 10 and concord and other cases. what they have to do is find out what's wrong and put it right. the difficulty is the time and the expense in doing it. if it was a mature aircraft, that would be even a greater question. since it's a brand new plane with 800 orders still or 750 still to be delivered, there's no question that boeing is going t
and it was a model from the 1960s. the ntsb is investigating what happened. he says really it was a matter of minutes before that rescue could have turned into a recovery. wolf? >> they are both very, very lucky indeed. mary, thanks for that report. appreciate it very much. they are. >> so lucky. that instructor, what a hero in trying to get out of that plane. >> amazing. >> oh, my god. i have goosebumps thinking about how cold that water is. oh, my goodness. very, very lucky. >>> still ahead, here's a question for you. what do doughnuts and marriage proposals have in common? ponder that one. jeanne moos will have that next. ♪ good morning, turtle. ♪ my friends are all around me ♪ my friends, they do surround me ♪ ♪ i hope this never ends ♪ and we'll be the best of friends ♪ ♪ all set? all set. [ male announcer ] introducing the reimagined 2013 chevrolet traverse, with spacious seating for up to eight. imagine that. >>> fair warning, friends. look away now if you are afraid of heights. that is nick wallenda keeping up his family tradition of daredevil stunts. he successfully walked ac
with the nra and representatives of the entertainment industry and sportsman and wild life group. >> ntsb investigators on the scene of a new york ferry crash. this ferry slammed into a pier in lower manhattan, throwing passengers around lying rag dolls. 85 people were injured in this crash. one critically. >>> overseas, large parts of the middle east feeling the effects of a powerful winter storm that brought snow and severe flooding. it stretches from jordan and israel into lebanon and turkey. the worst of the storm may be felt in syria where thousands displaced by the several war are in refugee camps dealing with flooding and bitter cold. very closely watching that storm this morning in the middle east. >>> thanks. it is now 18 minutes past the hour. time for "early reads" your local news making national headlines. starting with the newark star ledger, sort of tony soprano's home paper. he said some italian-americans are upset at the "time" magazine cover which shows chris christie mugshot pose. even christie suggested it made him look like a mob boss. "time" magazine is owned by the p
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